Some may find this interesting, snowmobile water cross

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  1. claydog
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  2. TeddyDiver
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    Just droved by on saturday.. that's a tamed version of the sport but good one thou :)
     
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    in surfers terms would snowski's used this way be called sinkers or half-sinkers
    they probably have some flotation under the hood but dont really fload or make wet starts
    performance should however be equal or better than jetski's so were is the first factory build
    yet thx for showing, good long flick too, many jetski's but no snowsky's round here..
     
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    I used to run water cross. There is no floatation under the hood. Actually, sleds in the modified class seldom even have a hood. Seats are also removed because they can become waterlogged making it harder for the winch boat to hoist the machine off the bottom of the lake. I ran in the stock class, where I basically got a little buy of a head start and ran, by myself, to the opposite shore. The modified class starts with their skis in the water and race 5 wide around buoys, and yes, they do sink if they get into trouble. They're generally built with long tracks that have tall lugs on them, 2" or more. Anything that can be stripped from the machine is, including the fuel tank. Some just use a 20 oz soda bottle for a fuel tank. Basically any machine built after about 1990 has a horsepower to weight ratio capable of hydroplaning open water right off the showroom floor without any mods. I've even taken passengers across open water in January (thawed channel between 2 frozen lakes). They really freak out when they're tapping you on the shoulder and point to let you know there is open water ahead and you grab more throttle. This sort of excitement doesn't come without risk, as I have gone swimming in January after sinking my sled in a channel. BURRRR!
     
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    " This sort of excitement doesn't come without risk, as I have gone swimming in January after sinking my sled in a channel. BURRRR!"

    Lost some of my friends that way..
     
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    hi bulletpruf40, i am fascinated with riding on water and good to hear an insider!


    did you see/ride the quads and motorbikes too?
    have ya seen this tread
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    pic i photoshopped but any thoughts on floating
    and/or perhaps a wheel driven combo pwc?
     

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    I have never seen a dirtbike do it except in videos. I have seen a quad do it, several times. In the winter with studded tires. They weren't even paddles! There was a hole in the ice that a natural spring had kept open all winter. It was probably 20 feet wide by 40 or 50 feet long and some guy on a suped up Honda Fourtrax 250R was riding across it all day, back and fourth. He never did sink it, but of course, at 50 or 60 MPH, it takes more time to blink your eye than it does to cross a 50 foot water hole. Takes less than 7 tenths of a second.
     

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